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Coronet Instructional Films

Coronet Instructional Films were shown in American schools starting in about 1941. The company was an offshoot of Coronet Magazine, a digest-sized magazine that itself was owned by Esquire, Inc. Owner David Smart was deeply interested in visual education and the power of the film to teach and convince, and built a full studio on his estate in Glenview, Illinois, where at its height hundreds of films were cranked out each year. The films were sold to schools and libraries by a network of distributors and were quite successful -- in 1976 Coronet celebrated its sale of 1 million prints. Most Coronet films were shot in Kodachrome, but Kodachrome prints of many titles are quite rare. It was cheaper to purchase black-and-white prints, and most sales were black-and-white. For more Coronet history, see Ken Smith's excellent book "Mental Hygiene," published by Blast Books (www.blastbooks.com).

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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How young children must behave to avoid transmitting germs to one another.
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Topic: Health and hygiene
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Drama focusing on gluttony and "hidden hunger," where well-nourished people eat poorly and malnourish themselves.
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Topics: Nutrition, Food, Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How exercise will make you healthy and popular.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Exercise
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Siblings Don and Sue show how they keep themselves well groomed throughout the school week and for their Friday night dates.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Health and hygiene
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films, with examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette, courtesy to parents, and an analysis of what makes some people popular and others not. A scream and a sobering document of postwar conformity. Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Writers: Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 50 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Gender roles
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 24 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Dating, Gender roles
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Educational film on the Cold War conflict.
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Topics: Cold War, Communism
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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A bad-mannered 14-year-old meets himself as a young man of 21, and learns the fundamentals of good table manners.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Children
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Dramatizes the story of a father, who, after finding himself at a loss for words at a public meeting, follows his son's lead and starts a campaign of vocabulary improvement.
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Topics: Literacy, Words, Self-improvement
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Coronet Instructional Films were shown in American schools starting in about 1941. The company was an offshoot of Coronet Magazine, a digest-sized magazine that itself was owned by Esquire, Inc. Owner David Smart was deeply interested in visual education and the power of the film to teach and convince, and built a full studio on his estate in Glenview, Illinois, where at its height hundreds of films were cranked out each year. The films were sold to schools and libraries by a network of...
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by Crawley Films
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How far can young people go in petting and still stay within the bounds of personal standards and social mores?
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 15 reviews )
Topics: Sex education, Teenagers, Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Jim, an emotionally immature teen, learns to evaluate his personality and to better work out his problems.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 18 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Two teenagers, wishing to marry early, visit their minister for advice and receive counseling, some of it quite pragmatic, the rest a little strange.
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Topics: Social guidance, Marriage, Gender roles
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Attempts to provoke teens into discussion on the complex issue of going steady. Provides little support for the practice.
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Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Social guidance: Dating
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Phil (Dick York), new in his high school, follows his father's suggestion and observes the most popular students to determine what makes them popular. By offering to help others he becomes popular himself and sheds his shyness.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 15 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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A high school senior learns how and where to ask a girl for a date, where to take her for a good time, and how to avoid spending too much money or being bored by commercialized amusements. Director: Ted Peshak. Cameraman: Dale Sharkey. Writers: George Tychsen, Bradford. Editor: Dick Kirschner. Narrator: George Stone.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Dating, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Shows teenagers how to plan and attend a party, suggesting games to play and songs to sing ("Jimmy Crack Corn").
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Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Celebrations, Parties
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Flashback on the problems, adjustments and transformations occurring in the first year of a couple's married life.
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Topics: Marriage, Gender roles
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by Wilding Picture Productions
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Dick York plays a Navy recruit who must learn to tackle his insomnia.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Sleep
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Gives students a basis for thinking clearly about real love and shows that mere conviction of love is not enough to insure lasting happiness. A drama.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Marriage
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Boy uses his radio equipment to demonstrate how sound is produced and transmitted.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topic: Perception: Sound
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Follows a young woman through her clerical training and job search. Shows pre-World War II offices and office workers, primarily women. One of Coronet's earliest educational films.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Occupations: Clerical, Gender roles
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Discusses rules and stresses the point that rules are ways of making life more pleasant, smooth and safe. SHOWS EVERYDAY SCENES IN WHICH RULES INFLUENCE OUR BEHAVIOR. SHOWS WAYS NEW STUDENT CAN LEARN RULES, WHY EXCEPTIONS CAN'T BE GRANTED.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 12 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: In Education, Social Guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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High school boy who has scratched his desk is lectured by principal on acting his age. Teen girls and boys turn into 5-year-olds, illustrating infantile reactions. The principal delivers a pep talk on growing up. A boy has a "How Old Am I?" chart. The school janitor / custodian lectures on immaturity. Pictures Jim losing interest in his algebra and initialing the top of his desk. The principal, Mr. Edwards, talks with Jim about the adolescent's problem of growing up and meeting...
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How to say no to unwanted smoking, drinking and petting, and still keep your friends.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Gender roles, Social guidance: Etiquette
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Views of the Territory of Alaska.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topic: Alaska
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Eurocentric view of the plantation system and its effect on Southern U.S. culture.
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Topics: Race relations, Ethnography: U.S.: South, African Americans
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Well-balanced emotions help to create a well-rounded personality, especially in teenagers.
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Topics: Social guidance, Psychology
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How to make the most of your free time.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Mr. Williams drops off to sleep for a few minutes to find himself confronted with a world in which Congress has been suspended and federal authority dissolved.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Political science, Surrealism, Anti-statism
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Following the journey of a five-dollar bill through many transactions, the film shows how money functions as a standard of value and future payment, a storehouse of value and a convenient medium of exchange.
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Topic: Economics
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Impossible drama proving that proper management of schedules, responsibilities, privileges and finances leads to a happier home.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How a child learns to return borrowed items, keep promises and fulfill assignments.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Shows how feelings of self-consciousness keep a high school boy from doing his classwork well or making friends easily.
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Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Social guidance film for young children suggesting that they take their noise out to the playground.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Nick cannot plan ahead, but is convinced to do so after imagining himself as a drifter or a bum.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Morality, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Korean War-era film encouraging high school boys to use the physical training, health and recreational resources of their communities so as to be ready for military service.
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Topics: Korean War, Health and hygiene, Athletics
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Assessing the behavior of a juvenile delinquent who refuses to rat on his companions.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topic: Juvenile delinquency
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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A group of teenagers on a high-school radio program discuss just what capitalism is, seizing onto the example of the butcher who supplies the weenies for their picnic. With Mickey Hugh (Ray Bennett); Franklyn Ferguson (John Howell). Educational Collaborator: James Harvey Dodd, Ph.D., Head, Department of Economics and Business Administration, Mary Washington College, University of Virginia.
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Topic: Economics
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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A high school boy primarily concerned with automobiles, dates, and parties learns from his father's example that ideals are really based on honesty, sincerity, and good sportsmanship.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Family values in action bring happiness and concord.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Families, Amateur films
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by Southern Educational Film Production Service
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Everyday aspects of mental health in an African American community in Gainesville, Georgia.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topics: African Americans, Children, Psychology
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by Centron Productions
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Jim leaves the gang after it attacks his father, and joins other teenagers at City Hall to argue against the imposition of a curfew. Drama filmed in Lawrence, Kansas.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Juvenile delinquency, Social guidance, Crime and criminals
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Compares daily activities of a secretary with those of a stenographer.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topic: Occupations: Clerical
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Coronet Instructional Films (a division of Esquire Inc.) presents Banks and Credit. Educational collaborator James Harvey Dodd, PhD., Professor of Economics and Business Administration, Mary Washington College at University of Virginia
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: In Education, Occupations: Banking Industry, Economics, Finance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Social guidance film for teenagers encouraging insight into the motives, tastes and desires of others.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Teenager and parents in conflict learn to develop mutual understanding.
favoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Families, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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What you need to do to stay employed: choose the right job, get along with colleagues, maintain positive attitude, etc.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Occupations: Vocational training, Social guidance, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How teenagers can cultivate good manners by manifesting a real desire to get along with others.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
movies
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Everyday incidents at school and at play teach Alice, Jerry and Eddie to resolve conflicts by compromise, by obeying rules, by finding facts, or finding opinions.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Children, Conflict resolution
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Courtesy in connection with invitations, telephone conversations, introductions and entertaining guests.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Explains how the United States came to be a diversely populated nation.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Diversity, Patriotism, Immigration
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Biology teacher explains emotions, voluntary and involuntary behavior.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology, Psychology: Emotions
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Demonstrates how self-confidence and right attitudes are necessary to good health.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Health and hygiene, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Dramatic film offering instruction in basic social graces.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
movies
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Social guidance film showing how necessary self-reliance is to all successful endeavors and happiness.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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For teenagers, honesty can come easy or hard, depending on the stakes.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How Bill overcomes his fear of the water through understanding its sources.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology
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by Gil Altschul
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Ken and three friends steal boards to make backstop for baseball field. Ken suffers from guilt & sees family lawyer who helps him develop respect for laws. Ken then helps other boys settle accounts with the construction company. Explains the importance of law in keeping order in a society. Shows that respect for the law is developed by a realization that law represents accumulated wisdom, that it is in harmony with laws of nature and that it is necessary to prevent trouble. Director: Gil...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
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movies
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Discusses the values of friendships and how to make and keep friends.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Korean War-era film points out that military service should be understood as part of citizenship and that training in the everyday duties of citizenship is a part of the preparation for military service.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topics: Korean War, Citizenship
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Uses the story of teens trying to extend the hours of their "Teen Canteen" as a vehicle for explaining customs, moral codes, and laws.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Law, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Dick York plays a high-school track star whose running lags because of his lack of sleep.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Sleep, Athletics
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Instructs children how to care for toys, clothing and other property; to have a definite place to keep belongings, and how to store and handle possessions properly.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How a strong family group helps teenagers learn to form strong friendships.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Modern-day moral tale resembling Ben Franklin's autobiography.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Morality, Economics
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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While a teenage brother and sister write a thank-you note to their grandmother after visiting her on vacation, we learn the five parts of a friendly letter and more about why and how to write one.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 11 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance: Etiquette, Communication: Writing, Communication: Postal
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Hydroelectric power, shipping, irrigation and salmon fishing.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Geography: U.S.: Pacific Northwest, Rivers: Western U.S., Environment
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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High school students anticipate and prepare for the military draft.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Korean War, Military: Draft, Cold War
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Shows the agriculture, trade and infrastructure of California's Central Valley, all made possible by irrigation.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: California: History and culture, California: Central Valley
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Discusses why an achievement-conscious boy becomes emotionally upset when he fails to get an expected 'A' in a history course.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Psychology
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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Sharing, taking turns and obeying rules are the basic elements of fair play.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Etiquette
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A dramatization which explains the essential purposes of money as a medium of exchange, analyzes factors which affect the value of the dollar, and shows the effects of rising prices on people with various types of income.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
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by Coronet Instructional Films
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How sportsmanship enriches daily living: a lesson for teens.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Topic: Social guidance
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by Handy (Jam) Organization
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Problems of underfunded and outdated schools.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topic: Education